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She would rather be an old man's darling than a young man's warling.
      - William Harrison Ainsworth,
        Miser's Daughter (bk. III, ch. XV)

I tended to place my wife under a pedestal.
      - Woody Allen

Wives are young men's mistresses; companions for middle age; and old men's nurses.
      - Francis Bacon, Of Marriage and Single Life

A married woman is a slave you must know how to seat upon a throne.
      - Honore de Balzac

Among fifty percent of your married couples, the husband worries very little about what his wife is doing, provided she is doing all he wishes.
      - Honore de Balzac

An ugly woman, married to King Henry VIII, would have defied the axe and daunted her husband's infidelities.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is easier for a woman to be a good wife than a good mother. A widow has two duties with contrary obligations: she is a mother and she must exercise paternal authority. Few woman are strong enough to understand and to play this role.
      - Honore de Balzac

Now voe me I can zing on my business abrode:
  Though the storm do beat down on my poll,
    There's a wife brighten'd vire at the end of my road,
      An' her love, voe the jay o' my soul.
      - William Barnes, Don't Ceare (st. 5)

And while the wicket falls behind
  Her steps, I thought if I could find
    A wife I need not blush to show
      I've little further now to go.
      - William Barnes, Not Far to Go

Every man who is high up loves to think that he has done it all himself; and the wife smiles, and lets it go at that.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

My fond affection thou hast seen,
  Then judge of my regret
    To think more happy thou hadst been
      If we had never met!
        And has that thought been shared by thee?
          Ah, no! that smiling cheek
            Proves more unchanging love for me
              Than labor'd words could speak.
      - Thomas Haynes Bayly (Bayley), To My Wife

In the sacred precinct of that dwelling where the despotic woman wields the sceptre of fierce neatness, one treads as if he carried his life in his hands.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Being asked why in some kingdoms the king is of age at fourteen, but cannot marry until eighteen, Moliere replied: "Because it is more difficult to rule a wife than a kingdom."
      - J.A. Bent

A good wife always forgives her husband when she's wrong.
      - Milton Berle

Without thee I am all unblessed,
  And wholly blessed in thee alone.
      - George W. Bethune, To My Wife

If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers.
      - Bible, Deuteronomy (ch. XIII, v. 6)

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour onto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
      - Bible, I Peter (ch. III, v. 7)

A foolish son is the calamity of his father: and the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIX, v. 13)

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 27)

The wife, or bitter half.
      - Ambrose Bierce

So bent on self-sanctifying,--
  That she never thought of trying
    To save her poor husband as well.
      - Robert Williams Buchanan, Fra Giacomo

In thy face have I seen the eternal.
      - Baron Christian Karl Josias von Bunsen,
        To his wife,
        when dying at Bonn (1860), found in "Life of Baron Bunsen", vol. II, p. 389

Were such the wife had fallen to my part,
  I'd break her spirit, or I'd break her heart.
      - Robert Burns, Henpecked Husband

She is a winsome wee thing,
  She is a handsome wee thing,
    She is a bonny wee thing,
      This sweet wee wife o' mine.
      - Robert Burns,
        My Wife's a Winsome Wee Thing

To no men are such cordial greetings given
  As those whose wives have made them fit for heaven.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

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